GOLAKGANJ, Oct 14 � The security forces, including the higher officials along the Indo-Bangladesh international border in Dhubri district have been a worried lot due to frequent infiltration by groups of people from neighbouring Bangladesh.
Smuggling of arms and ammunition, besides the activities and movement of militants has become a nightmare for the security forces and the higher authority. Further, drugs like phensedyl are being smuggled into Bangladesh from Dhubri district, as per reliable sources. A wide network has been established by a group of unscrupulous traders who are involved in this criminal activity.
Easy availability of drugs and syrups has made it easier to supply them to Bangladesh, which has created a huge market there. According to sources, the trucks carrying such goods from Bihar and West Bengal take care to dodge police checkposts so as to avoid detection. Frequent change of drivers and helpers of the trucks on its way from Bihar to Dhubri is also resorted to.
Not only are the drivers and helpers changed on the way, but the number plate of the vehicles and the relevant transit documents are also adequately altered.
During a recent operation by the Dhubri Customs Department, syrup worth approximately Rs 40 lakh was detected, which clearly indicates the extent of the illegal trade. As per information received from the Dhubri Customs Department, 30,000 bottles of syrup worth Rs 25.97 lakh was seized from a truck which was carrying onion from West Bengal to Dhurbi. This operation took place in August 2009. Again in October 2009, syrup worth Rs 24.16 lakh was seized.
Around 250 youths have been arrested on charges of consuming and supplying drugs during the last few months. According to Manik Kalita, OC of Dhubri Police Station, they have been exerting to combat such illegal activities.